Driven by political and social issues, Lucy Orta has created refugee wear which also looks into the interaction between between our body and it's surroundings. Creating temporary shelters which can transform into clothing, her work shows this overlay between the body and architecture, with sustainability also playing a significant role.
These makeshift habitats act as portable housing thats wearable, providing shelter in emergency situations. She began her work in refugee wear during the economic recession when the stock market crash and gulf war would have been having a negative impact on society. It's a "poetic response to the humanitarian aid appeals for shelter and clothing to help Kurd refugees fleeing war zones... and homeless people on the streets of Paris"'.
They convert into anoraks and backpacks, ideal for the nomadic lifestyle. This transformation from clothing to shelter represents the freedom of movement as well as the exchange of cultures and friendships formed in the conditions attached to migration.
A technical aspect are these telescopic carbon armatures that cause fabric above the chest to rise. This is in efforts to counteract feelings of claustrophobia. I think her work is innovative and is design that serves a function. She has found a way to tackle issues like homelessness through good design. I find her work as pieces of art inspiring because it's purpose serves a use in the world.
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